Etiquette

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Vulgar Language Demeans Our Society

By Correct On Campus / June 30, 2022 / Comments Off on Vulgar Language Demeans Our Society

The January 6 House Select Committee hearings have yielded shocking revelations, but one of the biggest disappointments for me is learning that many of our highest-ranking officials and their staffers have extremely limited vocabularies. I’m talking about the ubiquitous use of the f-word. What was once the most incendiary “naughty” word, one that is exceedingly…

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Happy Birthday to the Father of American Protocol

By Correct On Campus / February 22, 2022 / Comments Off on Happy Birthday to the Father of American Protocol

  Tuesday is George Washington’s birthday and while most things many Americans assume to be true about him are not (no, his false teeth were not made from wood and he didn’t chop down the cherry tree), there is one fact that is true: He defined the conduct of the office of the president of…

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Can We Talk?

By Correct On Campus / March 31, 2021 / Comments Off on Can We Talk?

  Being cooped up in my World Headquarters (aka my home office) has made me thoroughly sick of videoconferencing, texts, and e-mails. Can we just talk? A simple phone call would solve most communication needs and have the added benefit of providing a more natural connection to the person on the other end. While the…

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Resolve to be Civil

By Correct On Campus / January 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Resolve to be Civil

January had already begun and I hadn’t decided on a New Year’s resolution. After last week’s violence in Washington, D.C., I now know what it is: To conscientiously practice civility. I believe the uncivil, nasty, screaming, name-calling, suspicion-building, “cancelling” devolution of our culture that has been on display for the past year is a large…

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Books for Campus Events Planners

By Correct On Campus / March 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Books for Campus Events Planners

  I’m proud to announce that updated editions of two of my most popular books, Special Events Planning for Success, 3rdedition, and Etiquette and Protocol A Guide for Campus Events, 2ndedition, are now available from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Both have been extensively updated to reflect our current societal norms including everything from…

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Freshen Up, Attend A Conference

By Correct On Campus / February 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Freshen Up, Attend A Conference

The annual meeting of the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO) just wrapped up. It was three days of shared ideas, access to resources, and making connections with other people who do the same work. We heard from subject matter experts, swapped ideas, told war stories, learned about best-practices, and participated in provocative, motivating…

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Protocol Professionals Make Events Run Smoothly

By Correct On Campus / October 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Protocol Professionals Make Events Run Smoothly

People often ask me what protocol professionals do. The simple answer is we ensure that things run smoothly so that business can be accomplished and relationships can develop without the distraction of logistics. We just finished one of my favorite events of the year, the week The University of Alabama in Huntsville hosts the annual…

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Service Dog Etiquette

By Correct On Campus / June 29, 2018 / Comments Off on Service Dog Etiquette

A woman and her service dog attended one of my etiquette classes this week. It was my first experience working with such a team. The class was learning about how to work a room with exercises that required stand-up participation and handling food and drink. It was a beautiful thing to watch the woman and…

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It’s National Business Etiquette Week

By Correct On Campus / June 4, 2018 / Comments Off on It’s National Business Etiquette Week

It is National Business Etiquette Week, a chance to enhance your personal brand by practicing polished professional manners. Here are 20 ways to celebrate: Sending someone a hand written thank-you note. Taking a colleague to lunch to say thanks for all he or she does to help you be successful. Volunteering to get the mail…

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Alexander Hamilton To Get Honorary Degree

By Correct On Campus / April 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Alexander Hamilton To Get Honorary Degree

Even though he died in 1804, Alexander Hamilton is going to receive an honorary degree from Albany Law School at the college’s spring commencement. Honorary degrees, higher education’s most prestigious recognition, are reserved for eminent individuals with national or international reputations. Hamilton certainly qualifies. He was one of the nation’s founding fathers, had a distinguished…

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